The CoC Wants You to be a “Robot” for the Devil

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    Arminian schemes and worldly philosophies, that attempt to explain away the gospel of the Bible, are nothing more than straw-man arguments that fail to acknowledge clear category distinctions.  For one, what is falsely being called “fatalism,” by the CoC, is actually God’s sovereignty.  Secondly, what is falsely being called “robot,” by the CoC, is actually God’s chosen people.

    So by mocking God’s sovereignty in salvation, Arminianism implies that it would be better for us all to be left to our own fallen will.  By proposing that God’s sovereignty in salvation would make Him a puppet master and we His mere puppets, it implies that it would be better for us to be in bondage to sin as one of the devils puppets! And there needs to be a deep, humble-hearted repentance for even daring to entertain such thoughts. 

It cannot be stressed enough… that fear of being a “robot” for God is nothing but complete rebellion against Him and reveals a total misunderstanding of how God’s people willingly serve Him because they want to.  

     But Arminianism ends up exalting man’s creaturely “free” will to sin, which is not free at all, for it’s a slave to the devils will (2 Tim. 2:25).   Sin has so corrupted every faculty of our nature that we must be pulled out of the fire by the force of God’s love.  Yet Arminian attacks against the God of the Bible imply that we should reject such a God Who would “force”…or as Scripture puts it…make you” free and willing by His power (Ps. 110:3, Jn. 8:36). 

     Jesus’ blood doesn’t potentially save, based on our “choice,” but effectually saves, based on His promise.  Not so we’d become “robots,” but so His people could know the joy of true freedom, which isn’t the ability to choose good or evil, or else God Himself wouldn’t be free, for He can’t choose to be sinfully evil. 

True freedom is the God-given ability to hate evil and to love Him Who is completely free because He is completely sinless.  So, indeed, God does set before us life and death (Deut. 30:19).  But only when the Holy Spirit applies the benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice to one’s life, can one choose life by truly believing, repenting and obeying the gospel. 

    So we all need to run as fast as we can to Jesus’ embrace. For “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  Because there has never been one single, truly saved person who has ever resented God’s divine intervention in their lives and there never will be!  Which is why it behooves us to renounce our own will, throw ourselves upon God’s mercy and give ourselves up to His sovereign disposal to do with as He sees fit, for He is God and we are not. And no amount of Arminian philosophies will ever provide an escape hatch from this truth.

   God’s people are chosen according to His great mercy and distinguishing love. He causes them to be born again (1 Pet. 1:3, NASB). They don’t birth themselves. When a person is “born of God,” they have become a “new creation” in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). The Creator does not expect His creatures to re-create themselves. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots” (Jer. 13:23)?  

     God Himself accomplishes the “work of faith with power” (2 Thess. 1:11), which is why true believers in Christ can say, “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3).  Because they realize that it’s only by God’s grace that they have been given the gift of faith in Christ, repentance from sin and the ability to follow Him in spirit and in truth (Eph. 2:8-10), for they are “His workmanship!”  

    This is why all the glory goes to God, not mankind, “that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world become guilty before God” (Rom.3:19).  “So that no flesh shall glory in His presence” (1 Cor. 1:29).  We are hedged about and surrounded by the all-encompassing truth of God’s sovereign purposes that are not based on our own works (Rom. 9, 2 Tim. 1:9).   

    The God of the Bible is Not the false god of open-theism, who has to wait on pins and needles to see how things turn out.  He’s also not the “whatever will be, will be”… fatalistic…“it is what it is” god of Arminianism; casually sitting back while humans call all the shots.  On the contrary, God is… “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isa. 46:10).

       In Romans 8:29-30, we get a glorious glimpse of God’s golden scepter of saving grace being extended throughout the corridors of time.  It beautifully reveals that His predestined election is by grace, not by works, and not even by God’s foreknowledge of our works.  Because God saw sin on the horizon from the beginning, which is why He ordained His eternal plan of redemption in the first place, before time even began (e.g. Eph. 1, 2 Thess. 2:13, 2 Tim. 1:9).      

      God will not and cannot make another God. He is self-existent, self-sustaining and He alone is God.  For He says: “Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me (Isa. 43:10).  It’s the law of creation.  And since only God is unchangeable, the creatures He made are changeable.  

     In the beginning God made everything good and upright. But since the creatures that He has made cannot be God and cannot be unchangeable, it was inevitable that they would change and fall from their original righteousness into sin.  However, God decreed to permit it in order to manifest His justice, mercy, grace and the glory of Jesus Christ, by redeeming those He has chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (1 Pet. 1:2, 20).     

     But many Bible verses are used to try to support the false, freewill doctrine. Even the fall of man is often used to try to prove the absolute, autonomous freewill of man.  But by rightly dividing the Word of truth, it all ends up confirming God’s absolute sovereignty that much more.

Matthew 23:37, in context, reveals that Jesus reprimanded the Pharisees for putting stumbling blocks, obstructions and discouragements, (similar to what Arminianism does today) before God’s children in Jerusalem, for they were jealous of their desire to come to Christ.  However, God’s sovereignty is beautifully revealed in the fact that even though the Pharisees were not willing to let them enter into God’s kingdom, those who were meant to come to Christ did anyway, because nothing can hinder them from doing so for very long (Mt. 23:13)!    

      Yet natural religions of the flesh still twist 1Timothy 2:1-4 to imply that God tries to save all people (without exclusion), which would imply that His efforts could be futile. But the context reveals that He purposes to save all kinds of people (without distinction), even those in authority (v. 2), which means that even king’s hearts are at His disposal (Prov. 21:1). “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34), for His will to save is Not determined by earthly factors, but solely upon His own sovereign purposes, which are always fulfilled (Isa. 46:11, Rom. 8:28).

   2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (Emphasis mine). 

     But Arminianism puts a spin on this verse, to try to make it seem as if there are many in Hell that God planned to save, but couldn’t, due to their almighty “freewill.” Yet in context, it becomes clear who the “us-ward” are that Peter was writing to…the elect!!… “the children of promise”…“that have obtained like precious faith“ (Gal. 4:28, 1 Pet. 1:2, 2 Pet. 1:1).  Because the elect will never perish in Hell, for Jesus said, “I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand (Jn. 10:28).

      The key to understanding many of these verses is to know the difference between God’s preceptive will of command and God’s decretive will of purpose. We can resist His precepts and commands by not obeying Him.  Yet even with this resistance, God must allow it. We cannot resist sovereignly and autonomously, for our will is limited.  God’s decretive will of purpose is what actually happens, because it’s what God has divinely ordained and decreed, so that it cannot be resisted or changed. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out” (Rom. 11:33).  

      According to God’s preceptive will of command, He commands the reasonable duty of all His creatures to obey His precepts, for they are good and holy, because they reflect His character and reveal His worthiness to be worshipped.  So anytime we go against His perfect precepts and commands, we are sinning against Him.  As God, He commands and deserves all of our worship and praise, for it is obviously all of creations duty to worship the Creator. This is why it’s right for God to command all to repent, believe and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, even though He knows all will not do this.

      According to God’s decretive will of purpose, He foreknew what would happen when people would be left to themselves. He foreknew that without His saving mercy, they would refuse to keep His commands and would reject Christ and His offer of salvation (Jn. 12:39-40).  Thus, He could infallibly declare that they would not inherit salvation.  He didn’t make them wicked, and He didn’t cause them to sin by leaving them to themselves. He just gives them over to their own desires. Neither does He predestine people to Hell in the same electing way that He predestines people to Heaven, for the type of double predestination called “equal ultimacy” is wrong.   

  God simply foreknows that those He leaves to themselves will end up in Hell due to the natural consequences of sin.  He takes “no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezek. 18:23, 32; 33:11), and He does no harm by leaving them in the condition that He originally made them in—upright image bearers of God (Eccl. 7:29).  So they are without excuse.  This is one way He makes His power known and is one way He reveals how bad sin is.  But He does all of this sinlessly and is justified in all that He does (Rom. 1:20, 24, 28; 9:22).  

    God foreknows all things because He foreordains all things (Rom. 11:36, Rev. 4:11). For example, God prophesied to Moses that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart for His purpose of being glorified in the deliverance of Israel (Ex. 4:21). This is why God could infallibly declare to Moses that Pharaoh would refuse to listen,  because He was going to leave Pharaoh to his own sinful, fallen will (Ex. 7:13, 22; 8:15; 9:12). And note, God could not have infallibly declared Pharaoh’s destiny if Pharaoh could have repented and changed his own heart and mind apart from God’s saving grace (Rom. 9:17).  

    God knows His own in a special way because He decreed that they would be holy and blameless before time began, for the purpose of glorifying His grace (Eph. 1:4-6). He also knows those who aren’t His elect, but only in a general way, for He created them. “The Lord hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil” (Prov. 16:4). Hell, the wicked and even the cross all reveal the glory of God’s holy wrath and justice.  Moreover, they all exist to reveal the incredible worth of the Savior!   

    Yet Arminianism makes Jesus and His finished work seem worthless, by teaching the lie that our “freewill” determines whether we are saved or not.  It declares that we must “allow” God to save us by believing.  But Scripture says just the opposite. “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48). God intimately foreknew His people because He foreordained them to eternal life, the same way He foreordained Jesus to be a sacrifice for their sins (Acts 2:23).  The same Greek word used for “foreknow” is also translated as “foreordain” in other verses as well (e.g. 1 Pet. 1:1, 20).   

   God foreknew those He has chosen to eternal life, for they’ve been “called according to His purpose,” not according to His mere observation of their future “freewill” choices. Jesus laid His life down for the sheep, knowing exactly who He was dying for on the cross (Jn. 13:1, Rom. 8:28).  He died for people, not a nameless, faceless plan.  And He says to those who are not His, “ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep” (Mt. 25:32-34).  But still, no one is excused from their reasonable duty to repent and believe the gospel, for God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility are compatible.   

    Although God takes divine initiative in salvation, we are not excused from our reasonable duty to use the means that He provides.  When Jesus taught that regeneration is a divine act (e.g. Jn. 3:5, 6:29, 37, 44, 63 and 65), someone raised an objection to His doctrine by asking “are there few that be saved?”  And His reply was, “strive to enter in at the strait gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Lk. 13:23-24).   

    Our duty is to put all of our trust in Jesus Christ and His power to save…no matter what… even before we know for sure that He died specifically for us or not. Because only then can we know that He is faithful to all of His promises, and that He is sovereign over salvation, and that its main purpose is to glorify Him, which should bring us the most inexpressible joy imaginable! And it should be our greatest comfort ever to know that nothing takes God by surprise, for He’s in complete control of all things.

So we must NEVER question His ways or doubt His goodness, for we are in no position to do so. Only God can see the big picture, so we must trust that only He can know what’s best. Like Job, we must submit to His inescapable sovereignty, be humbled into the ground by His truth, and repent in dust and ashes.  For, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God” (Deut. 29:29).

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.


A Royal Coronation Psalm

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Psalm 2 (KJV)

1 “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”


PPE: Plague Propaganda Endgames

All links provided in this post are for research purposes only and do not all necessarily represent my own personal religious views.

After posting this, I will probably be censored even more, but I can’t just sit back and remain silent, while my people are being deceived and destroyed. I need to make it clear that what I am about to share is solely for the purpose of leading people to the true God and Savior of the Bible. So let’s get right down to the nitty gritty, for time is running out.  We can no longer afford to fall for the elites mind games and damage control tactics that are designed to undermine those who expose their evil agendas.

For starters, I’ve been prayerfully studying Genesis 18 concerning God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the parallel implications of what is coming upon the earth in these last days.  That destruction site is still there as a monument of God’s judgment upon the wicked and a reminder that God fulfills His sovereign purposes and decrees.  Especially note that brimstones are not naturally imbedded in sulfur ash.  This historical site is empirical proof of God’s Word and God’s justice being manifested as a warning to all.

Visit Sodom and Gomorrah now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGovStpdfC0

But it is a great comfort to remember that what true Christians must suffer from the Anti-Christ and his followers, is actually an honorable persecution reserved only for God’s people.  We are not appointed to God’s wrath, which is reserved only for the wicked who don’t know and love the true God and Savior of the Bible (1 Thess. 5:9).  Although the wicked will prosper for a while, by conforming to the world, they will ultimately regret trying to save their lives, for they will lose it forever, because Jesus says…

“whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it” (Mt. 16:25).

Supernatural, diabolical evil is coming our way with the rise of the Anti-Christ system, and many, if not most, will fall for the sinister propaganda. Because all works-based religionists, and humanists have their false, humanistic “freewill” beliefs in common with the whore that rides the beast (Rev. 17), which appears to represent false religion; the one world religion of Anti-Christ, the synagogue of Satan, which has re-established the Sanhedrin that formerly utilized Rome to have Jesus and His followers killed, and is doing the very same thing today against His people (Rev. 2:9-10).  In fact, it goes even deeper than that:

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHfUUEiiPjs

This is why it is crucial that true believers not get distracted from what has been going on under our noses in Israel, in connection with the Vatican, while so many delusional distractions are being employed to lead people astray on a rabbit trail.  The mainstream media (who all go by the same script) will not put the pieces together for us, so we must watch and pray, while doing our own research. 

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCFJhI69Zk8

Take a glance at some of the comments for that last video.  Note, “Dr. Weiss” is the spokesperson for the Sanhedrin.  Look him up.  If he and his minions are no threat, then how are they able to sway the whole world into Zionism, which funds the re-building of an apostate 3rd Temple in Jerusalem?  And how is their “Temple Institute” able to come out with all of their dual-citizenship, treasonous “Trump Coins” to fund their agenda?  Why is our government now infiltrated by Jesuits and dual loyalists with Israel?  Just asking.

All I can gather at this point, is that the satanic Talmudist “rabbis” are now thinking they don’t need a physical temple.  They now seem to believe that they ARE the spiritual temple to be worshipped, a belief which would indeed help them to suspend their plans of having to destroy the Muslim mosque before enforcing (through their “Noahide” laws) the world worship of Anti-Christ, because they are getting impatient.

Viewer Discretion Advised….I almost puked when I found out just how blasphemous and disgusting the Jewish Babylonian Talmud is and the fact that the 700 Club has promoted “The Israel Bible” which leaves out the New Testament and quotes from this sickening Babylonian Talmud!!!

Brace yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtvgDGUwmYs&t=51s  

Netanyahu has even stated that this evil Talmud is the law of the land in Israel now. Perhaps this is one reason why the Messianic Jews, who are not going along with the agenda, are so persecuted in Israel by those who claim to be their fellow Jews, but are really of the Kabbalist synagogue of Satan.  Yet many who call themselves Christians are funding the political state of Israel, which is considered to be spiritual Sodom and Egypt (Rev. 11:8)!!!

These news links are very disturbing and I think they have huge implications as to what we are going to face as Christians in America. It is also curiously disturbing that Israeli government supposedly invented 5G, but bans it from being used in Israel.  What is up with that?


All Americans need to also wonder why the late President Bush Senior signed in the Jewish “Noahide laws” under the guise of an “Education Day Act” …look it up, it’s in our government records!  They are just waiting for the perfect time to institute them, which would have all Christians beheaded for worshipping Jesus. This would be a perfect fulfillment of the book of Revelation!!

For research purposes only, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDY6Eosh990&t=4919s (Hmm…YouTube had the video REMOVED!! How obvious can they get?!?

Christians are especially in grave danger here in Babylonian America, for these sinister plans have been in the works for years, even centuries, and the wicked are primed for what is next, but so are God’s people!!

  “though this world with devils filled, would threaten to undo us; We will not fear for God hath willed…His truth to triumph through us.  Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.  The body they may kill, His truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever” (A Mighty Fortress, Martin Luther).

These next two links are a little dated, but still have some very crucial points to consider, concerning America being Mystery Babylon:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5W6HN2J1JI&t=1439s

It is also CRUCIAL to realize these FEMA facts and how “Covid 19” plays right into its agenda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXX2ZFNBUdc

We must also ask why the CDC, a privately owned, for-profit corporation, is being given governmental powers to dictate to medical workers that they must put a fraudulent diagnosis on death certificates, which they also did with Alzheimer’s (which cannot be officially diagnosed without an autopsy), in order to further a sinister Big Pharma, FEMA agenda.  See for yourself what they are doing concerning “COVID.”

From their own website: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/vsrg/vsrg03-508.pdf

We must ask…why all of the fake statistics, and why do our governors pretend to be Christians, while posing with “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgences”??  Also note, this “secret order” has spread all over America and other countries as well. 

See: https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article240665136.html

And why are they keeping abortion clinics open to slaughter human lives, while claiming they are trying to save human lives by closing churches and businesses?  Why do our governors constantly push the impossible Arminian “freewill” mantras of “do more, try harder”…”you can do this”… And the blasphemous Arminian claims that “we are the captains of our own destiny”??  Are you seeing the connection yet?? …..If not, PLEASE WAKE UP!!!

Why are our leaders pushing the One World ecumenical movement to its ultimate destination? Why the constant brainwashing tactics of “we must pass the test of humanity”…”we are all in this TOGETHER”  “All religions are coming TOGETHER” …..UNITING???  Sound familiar?  Think Jesuit Popery…

It is no coincidence that the Pope is dropping his “vicar” title to make way for the world worship of satan.  His “global pact” with world religious leaders is coming up this year, concerning the “ethics” of AI.  Because it seems that they are planning a “Luciferase quantum dot tattoo” under the skin for those who will receive the special mandated vaccines.  No wonder they want to use a Smartphone app called iRespond that scans the head or palm of the hand to see if people have received the special “digital ID”:


Indeed, Corona seems to be a “crowning” event:


Ecumenical anarchy had always been the whole purpose of hyper-socialized media in the first place and look where it has led so many deluded souls who have become severely addicted to a “Smart” phone, who will now probably be the first in line for the special mandated vaccines imbedded with digital tracking mechanisms.  I am not making this crazy stuff up.  Check out all of their “BioTech” medical journals for yourself.  And if none of it shocks you half to death, then you must already be completely dumbed-down and dead inside.  REPENT!!!  And turn to Jesus Christ as your only hope of being brought to spiritual life!

PLEASE start thinking critically and question why American law enforcement has become so militarized:

For even more proof as to why they are clearing out the jails:


This whole “together” garbage that is purposefully flooding social media seems to be the ultimate ecumenical endgame.  And it is distracting everyone with earthly concerns to get their focus off of eternal concerns.  Everyone seems to be going into survival mode, instead of realizing their desperate need to get right with God before it is forever too late. 

My main focus is on heavenly things, yet everything that I write about is still relevant, for it has EVERYTHING to do with what is going on in this earthly realm, because NOTHING is more important than knowing the truth, the Truth that is only found in the one true Christ and His one true gospel of salvation. Only by knowing and loving Him can one have the discernment to see through the deception.

It amazes me that I wrote about all of this in my book, and now it is all being confirmed more than ever, right before the eyes of all who have spiritual eyes to see through the smokescreens of fear, anger and Jesuit initiated chaos.  The whole world is also now witnessing the Hegelian Dialectic that I wrote about in the “Falling Away” chapter of my book!! ….It is all coming “TOGETHER” alright, right before our eyes!

So dear reader, if you are still looking to hyper-socialized “fakebook” media, the television, “the prince of the power of the air” of corrupt radio stations, the government or the medical establishment to keep you informed on how to “save your life,” you need to repent and turn to the one and only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ of the Bible, Who is the only escape from eternal punishment in Hell and all of the Hell on earth that is being unleashed.

I plead with you dear reader….PLEASE Remember Jesus’ Words…

I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him” (Lk. 12:3-5).

And remember that the wicked, worldly cowards, who believe and love a lie, are the first in line for the eternal Lake of Fire (Rev. 21:8, 22:14).  And those who should have been good under-shepherds of God’s people, who have failed us, are going to receive a stricter judgment.

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”  (1 Pet. 4:17)

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson. 

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Jesus challenges those who are not completely convinced that He really is Who He says He is, for He confronts the skeptical with the scary truth that…

“If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (Jn. 7:17, emphasis mine).

For only by an act of God’s sovereign free grace can one will and do according to God’s good pleasure (Phil. 2:13), because only those who have been granted true, saving faith in Jesus will be able to discern truth from fiction, and only they will be able to endure faithfully in Christ to the very end.

     Jesus had even previously revealed who it is that will do His will when He said:

“This is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (Jn. 6:40, emphasis mine).

And the immediate context (v. 39) also reveals that it is God’s will that none of those, whom He has given to the Son, will ever perish, because Jesus died on their behalf so that they will definitely be raised up with a glorified body. And only those, who have been given spiritual eyes to see, will savingly believe with the heart that Jesus is their only hope of being raised to everlasting life. Their ability to even be willing to trust in God’s merciful and divine intervention’s of saving faith, repentance and thanksgiving, comes from Him alone.

Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee” (2 Chron. 13-14, emphasis mine).

     But the unregenerate are willfully ignorant of the fact that it is clearly one’s duty to put complete trust in Jesus Christ no matter what, even before one knows for sure that He came specifically to save them or not. For only when one gives up their own futile attempts of trying to be chosen by God, in order to whole-heartedly be at God’s mercy and sovereign disposal, can one know for sure that Jesus is faithful in His promises to save such, and only then can one fully know that He is sovereign in salvation. 

     After Jesus challenged those who resisted putting their complete trust in Him and His righteousness alone as their only hope, they then began to falsely accuse Him, and they even began to plot sinister schemes to try to catch Him in His words so that they could twist them and turn Him in to the authorities.

Because those who refuse to renounce their own self-righteousness and self-will are those who still think they can come to God on their own terms.  And so, they will fight tooth and nail to try to retain their desperate delusion. They are those who think that God is somehow obligated to save them based on their own works, “positive confessions” and “sovereign freewill,” for they are not completely convinced….that the sovereign God of the Bible really is Who He says He is.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am” (Jn. 8:58, emphasis mine).

     Hebrews 11:6 says that, “he that cometh to God must believe that He is.” Again, the divine design of this grand truth reveals that only those who have true, God-given, saving faith will accept God’s written testimony of Himself. Those who don’t will end up worshipping a god of their own imagination, either a god that winks at sinful worldliness, and/or a god that appeals to human “freewill” and glorifies man’s natural abilities, because the natural, unregenerate man wants to believe that his own unaided will is the determining factor in salvation, rather than God’s sovereign free grace that must regenerate man’s fallen will to comply with His.

     So now we come to the fuller context of John 7:17, where in the very next verse Jesus addresses this very thing, for He says:

“He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory” (v. 18).

Self-righteous Pharisees seek their own glory and are ruled by their own emotions and their own self-will, whereas those who follow the true Jesus of the Bible seek to glorify Him and the One Who sent Him, while denying their own self-righteousness and inordinate affections (Col. 3:5).

     A parallel passage that stresses similar principles is where Jesus says:

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mt. 6:33, emphasis mine).

Here again, He makes the point that only those who seek for a perfect righteousness outside of themselves, in the one true King of kings, Who rules and reigns in the hearts of His people, are the only ones who will find out that He is, indeed, faithful to all of His promises, and that He does, indeed,  manifest Who He really is to such people, through His Word and the witness of the Holy Spirit, evidenced in their radically changed lives that yield the fruits of righteousness, along with the persecution that inevitably follows.

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12).

     But these things are purposely hidden from those who would rather lean on their own understanding (Mt. 11:25). As a result, the true doctrine of Christ will anger them and will become like foolish parables to them (Lk. 8:10). For the mysteries of the kingdom are given only to God’s elect and to them only, not to those who’d rather serve a god that doesn’t really exist, a god that allows indulgence in a sinful and worldly lifestyle, a god that’s not sovereign in the salvation of a chosen people, a helpless god that waits on pins and needles to be chosen by a “sovereign people.”

     Amazingly, if it wasn’t for Jesus’ confrontations with such worldly, hypocritical Pharisees, we would have never been presented with such depths of truth. These are also in Scripture to encourage those who follow Jesus, to never back down on the truth no matter how many emotional manipulations, false accusations and cruel reproaches we receive when standing for His cause.

It is such a comfort to know that these are a true Christian’s badge of honor, for Jesus experienced the same.  And the worse the persecution gets, the heavier the weight of glory that awaits us in Heaven (2 Cor. 4:17). Truly, God works all things for good for those who love Him… those who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.


Arminianism's Apostate Movements

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     There is no such thing as an “anonymous Christian”….someone that is supposedly saved without explicit faith in Christ. Yet, false prophets, such as Billy Graham (who had Jesuit connections), have tried to convince people that there are those that may be saved who have never even heard of Jesus.  Also, “Bible Study Fellowship” (BSF International) and other such “crusades” were formed by this apostate movement, in order to disciple all of the false converts being deceived by a false “altar call” experience. 

These so-called Bible studies and crusades (such as Cru, Campus Crusade for Christ) are centered on the idea that there are people in other religions who are being led by “God’s secret influence” to concentrate on those parts of their religion that are minimally in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing Who He really is according to Scripture. Although Jesus clearly stated:

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:32, emphasis mine).

     This apostate movement has led many to believe that a person can be saved without knowing the central aspects of the doctrines of Christ and what He has actually accomplished on behalf of those He died for. As a result, there is now a rampant misunderstanding of the Spirit’s main objective, and a total rejection of John 14:6, where Jesus states,

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”

Although Romanism and other Arminian false religions will affirm some basic Christian doctrines (e.g. the Deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His incarnation, etc.), they still have a different gospel, which puts them completely at odds with biblical Christianity no matter how many other things they get right. 

     It is crucial to remember that the mission of the Holy Spirit is to bring glory to Christ, by taking what is His–His teaching, the truth about what He has actually accomplished to save sinners–and MAKING IT KNOWN!!! The Spirit does NOT work indiscriminately without the revelation of Christ in view!! The Holy Spirit’s most important work is to glorify Christ, and He does NOT do this apart from shining the spotlight on the true Christ of Scripture for His people to see and savor.

For Jesus said…

“When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you” (John 16:13-14, emphasis mine).

True salvation is NOT about having a so-called “Jesus encounter” of some sorts. It’s about saving faith in the true Jesus, NOT what can only be seen, heard or felt through the mere physical senses. It is about God opening His Word to the minds of His people, so that they can know the truth. They may not always know how to articulate their convictions with precision, but they have a true and saving faith in the one true Christ, Who really is Who He claims to be, and they trust in Him alone with all of their heart. As a result, they are kept from a false confession that blasphemes the true Christ.     

But false converts who continue in a perpetual pattern of sin and blasphemy against Christ, will continue to be Arminian to the core, with a refusal to submit to the complete sovereignty of God in salvation. They will continue to blaspheme Him with a confession that glorifies their own “freewill” rather than glorifying Him alone. They will continue to lean on their own fallen understanding instead of on the everlasting arms of the one true Christ Who saves all those He gave His life for.

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.


Counterfeit Calvinism and its Pretended "Liberty of Conscience"

Scripture clearly sets limits on the conscience, but those who are desperate to excuse worldly lifestyles will often resort to exalting “liberty of conscience” to a ludicrous degree.  However, conscience is not the ultimate determiner of moral truth and how we should live out our Christian lives as pilgrims in this world, rather than feeling at home in it.  Though the testimony of conscience holds weight, it can never be completely free to determine what is right and wrong, which would be reverting back to the time of Judges when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). 

     When the conscience is given final authority, the door is opened for the justification of all sorts of compromise. Because such an unbiblical pretense of “liberty” degenerates into licentiousness when one deifies the conscience and de-emphasizes the authority of Scripture. And sadly, this is becoming rampant today, even among those who were once stewards of… the faith once delivered to the saints.

     Sadly, we live in a time where even those who claim to believe in the absolute sovereignty of God and who even renounce the false “freewill” doctrine of man, will now often put human conscience on par with God’s Word.  As a result, conscience becomes as authoritative as the Bible when one believes they have the unlimited right to act simply as their conscience dictates. Champions of the faith have often stood against the absolute freedom of man’s will (which would make man supersede God), yet they completely capitulate when they turn around and promote the absolute freedom of the conscience!

     Apostle Paul made it clear that our consciences are to be bound by the absolute verdict of God and His Word,  rather than becoming the final court of appeal, for he stated, “I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. It is the Lord who judges me” (1 Cor. 4:4).  Like the fallible, limited will of man, our fallible and limited conscience is not to be exalted above the absolute, unlimited freedom and authority of God. Human conscience is fallibly relative and may be overly-sensitive and over-reactive, or it may be under-sensitive and under-reactive, because according to Scripture, it may be seared, misguided, weak or defiled (1 Tim. 4:2, 1 Cor. 8:1-13, Titus 1:15).

   Today, even many so-called “faith-based” operations are using conscience-searing procedures that are often performed through sins of omission, such as failing to expose heresy and its promoters, or by leaving out the seriousness of sin and judgment, which shows that they are not working under the operation of the Holy Spirit, Who comes to reprove the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (Jn. 16:8).  Such systems leave people with no reason to turn whole-heartedly to Christ. Instead, they are led to a false christ that praises self-esteem, cultivates pride and allows them to indulge in a worldly lifestyle that desensitizes them to evil and creates a false sense of peace in their conscience.

     The motto of worldlings with a seared conscience is, “We are delivered to do all these abominations” (Jer. 7:10).  Some even try to compare apples to oranges by misusing Romans 14 or Colossians 2:21 as an excuse to indulge in illicit sins, or to be entertained by those who do, which makes them guilty of the same sins (Rom. 1:32). Abuse of God’s grace has nothing to do with “liberty of conscience.” But when warned, they’ll often try to use the excuse that it’s only God’s job to convict of sin, for they are willfully ignorant of the fact that God uses means…biblical correction, human accountability, warnings, etc. 

     Apostle Paul stated:

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Cor. 6:12).

Christians can do whatever they want, but their wants have been changed.  They no longer view conformity to Christ as restrictive, but rather view it as instructive on how to follow Him and not be conformed to this world. Paul even deepens this point…

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not” (1 Cor. 10:23).

Our focus is to now to be on what edifies our brothers and sisters in Christ, not on pridefully and unlovingly flaunting liberty in ways that could cause them to stumble in their faith of Christ (Rom. 14:15). Just because Christians have liberty in the sense that we are no longer in bondage to legalistic restrictions that have nothing to do with true obedience from a regenerated heart, it does NOT mean that worldly things still take a top priority in our lives.

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11).

Christians are to be focused on redeeming the time. Paul made clear that we’ve wasted too much time already on worldly things, trying to please people and our own flesh….

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Eph. 2:2-3). Also see Gal. 5:13).

     While it’s true that the testimony of conscience carries weight when it’s within the bounds of Scripture, its subjective nature prevents it from being biblically qualified as a final authority in determining right and wrong. For instance, though we are to always strive to have “a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men” (Acts 24:16), there are times when we must obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29), which offends man.

In such cases, one will have to be very familiar with God’s objective Word, in order to know the difference and to overcome the devils attempts to manipulate the Christian with false guilt for standing for the cause of Christ, which will always offend those who are conformed to the world and its false religious systems.   

     Another example, is where one’s conscience may be excessively exposed to false guilt trips from pulpits that repetitively blow one single Bible verse completely out of proportion, such as Hebrews 10:25, by constantly harping on the need for Christians to assemble in fellowship, while leaving out the fact that Scripture contains literally hundreds of verses warning about compromising with evil, false doctrines, teachers and missionaries that slip in, rip-off and corrupt many churches. If such pretenders really believed what they harped on, they would not restrict Christian fellowship to such a treasonous turf.

     There are times when one must obey a higher command of God, and only by being immersed in Scripture, rather than the mere dictates of conscience, can one know when those times are, due to the weaknesses and limitations of mere conscience that can be blinded by social and cultural conformity.

 In these last days, it is especially important for Christians to diligently study God’s Word in order to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Pet. 3:18), so that one will not be subverted by a false “church life.” It’s very easy to be taken captive by a corrupt system if one continues to try to work from within that system, which is why it is so crucial to obey God’s higher command to come out and be separate.

      “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:16-18, emphasis mine).

     As a result, one will grow more and more in discernment, whereas, if one stays in compromised churches they will not be able to see the big picture in order to make the right decisions, due to being too close to the problem within the context of “church.” Worse yet, an unbiblical concept of “love” will likely be held in contention with spiritual knowledge and discernment when authoritarian, hierarchal systems try to appeal for tolerance of evil.

Saving knowledge of the true Lord and Savior is the foundation of true, spiritual and biblical love.  According to Scripture, all of these must precede true, biblical love:  saving grace, faith, knowledge of God, peace in Jesus, diligence, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, Christian kindness….. and THEN Christian love (2 Pet. 1:1-7).  The fruits of the Spirit begin with love…love unto the glory and praise of God through Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:11, Gal. 5:22-23), that then leads to a true, biblical love and knowledge that edifies others. And this true love and saving knowledge of God does not come by mans wisdom.

     “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace” (Jas. 3:13-18, emphasis mine).

     So it’s also important to beware of any who emphasize the love of God, more than His holiness. It is crucial to turn from those who say or imply that love is more important than this knowledge, for it would be an unbiblical concept of love that would leave out the fact that true Christian love is predicated upon a solid foundation of a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the only way one can escape the sinful pollutions of the world. 

And that initial God-given knowledge grows and deepens over time. However, it is still the same spiritual knowledge, not just a worldly, Arminian take on spiritual things, because saving knowledge concerns the heart, NOT mere speculative knowledge that involves only the intellect, which is all Arminianism really is.  True, spiritual knowledge grasps the truth of Scripture, while godly wisdom applies it.

     “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment [discernment]; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere [not hypocritical] and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Phil. 1:9-11, emphasis and brackets mine).

     Furthermore, if one ever hears from a pulpit, that those who stand for the particular aspects of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for His people are being “perfect knowledge advocates”….then RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN TO THE DOOR!! Because… the particulars of what Jesus accomplished at the cross are not to EVER be considered “secondary issues” that can be compromised on!!

       Sadly, the slander of true Calvinists being called “perfect knowledge advocates” is also becoming an all too common excuse for counterfeit Calvinists to capitulate when it comes to calling  Arminians to repentance.  If one ever hears from a pulpit about how everyone is at “a different level of knowledge” when it comes to the gospel, or how love is more important than knowledge anyway, or how we must be patient with those who don’t have “as much knowledge as we do”…run for the door as quick as you can, because this is the height of spiritual pride! Besides, true love rejoices in the knowledge of the truth (1 Cor. 13:6).

    True, historic Calvinists know better…that it’s not about “perfect knowledge”….it’s about the gospel!!  UGH!!  Arminianism is not simply a lack of “perfect knowledge,” WHICH NONE OF US HAVE!!  It’s a lack of repentance and belief in the true gospel!!  Jesus saves because He is perfect…NOT because our faith, repentance or knowledge of His truth is perfect! Arminians believe in an incomplete and imperfect savior that can’t save anyone! It is a different faith, a different spirit and a different gospel!!

True Christians do grow in grace and faith, but it is still the SAME GRACE AND FAITH!! Whereas, Arminianism represents a DIFFERENT KIND of grace and faith, the kind that cannot save anyone! There are differences in DEGREE when it comes to true Christian grace and faith, but there are NOT differences in KIND. God’s free gifts of saving grace and faith are of His divine power that actually accomplishes His purposes, rather than providing mere common aids for one to save themselves!!

It IS CRUCIAL TO REMEMBER the difference… there is only ONE FAITH that saves!! And it is God’s free gift of faith in the true Christ of Scripture and what He ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED at the cross.

To compromise on this is treason against Christ!

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.

Calvinist Charles Spurgeon once asked, “Do you not know that a person who is silent when a wrong thing is said or done may become a participator in the sin?”   WWi148

“It is well to understand that we are to be “first pure, then peaceable.” Our
peaceableness is never to be a compact with sin, or toleration of evil.”  ME155

 “I fear that, sometimes, in our endeavours to be sweet in disposition, we have not been strong in principle. “Charity” is a word that is greatly cried up nowadays; but, often, it means that, in trying to be courteous, we have also been traitorous.”   2826.170

“It is a wonderfully forgiving world if you will but quit your protest against it.”  1794.437

“Do not say of such-and-such an error, “Oh, it is a mere matter of opinion.” If it be a
matter of opinion to-day, it will be a matter of practice to-morrow. No man has an
error of judgment, without sooner or later having an error in practice.”  434.94

“To pursue union at the expense of truth is treason to the Lord Jesus.”  DG34

See: http://www.spurgeon.us/mind_and_heart/quotes/c3.htm#compromisers


Arminianism is a Sin Because it Blasphemes God

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Without biblical evidences that true regeneration has taken place, there can be no blessed assurance, but only a superficial, false security that makes excuses for sin, rather than grieving over it, fighting it and pleading for mercy through Christ.  Christians can never reach sinless perfection this side of Heaven, but by God’s grace they will have a tender conscience that will cause them to wage war on sin, rather than rest easy in it. “Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19).

      God leads His people in paths of righteousness for His name sake, which is why He leads them out of false religion (Ps. 23:3).

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1).

The ability to truly “cleanse ourselves” is the fruit of the work God accomplishes in His people, for “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 Jn. 1:7). “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10). So that true Chrsitians can draw near in full assurance of faith with a clean conscience, for He is faithful (Heb. 10:22).

     He transforms His people for His name sake and for the sake of godliness, so that they cannot continue in a perpetual pattern of sin. They can no longer in good conscience join a false religion or stay in one once they learn the truth.  They can no longer in good conscience sit through heretical Bible studies, for He calls them out.  Though it may take them a while to discern the leading of their Savior, once they do, they will not be led by another spirit (Jn.10).  They would rather suffer “without the camp, bearing His reproach” (Heb. 13:13).

     God is jealous for His worship, and commands that it not be mixed with lies:

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, Whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Ex. 34:14). “Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than He” (1 Cor. 10:21-22)?

     According to God’s Word, Paul feared that his people might “put up with” false teachers who proclaim a false Jesus and a false gospel (2 Cor. 11:1-4), because it would indicate that their mind had been corrupted and subtly deceived by the devil, even if they had so much as simply tolerated such.  Paul grieved jealously for his people, for he knew that if they turned from the true gospel that he was giving them, they would turn to fatally deceived deceivers, and ultimately end up turning from God (2 Tim. 3:13).

     Jesus said we cannot serve two masters (Mt. 6:24). We’re either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness (Rom. 6:19). There are no lukewarm in-betweens. This same warning is reiterated in 2 John vv. 9-11, which exclaims that we’re not even supposed to give deceivers a greeting (in a way that would be approving their false doctrine), or we’ll be “a partaker of their evil deeds.” That’s how serious God’s pure worship is.  Jesus revealed that those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:23-24).

     So dear reader, if you are still sinfully involved in a false religion that blasphemes the true God of Scripture by teaching the lie that Jesus died for all (even those who are in Hell), sinfully counting His blood as a common thing, and teaches that you can be saved by exercising your own “freewill,” (which is a façade) rather than total dependence upon God’s sovereign free grace to give you faith in the true Christ Who saves all those He died for….

….then you need to fall on your face before God and cry to Him for mercy, clinging to THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST ALONE, and renouncing every ounce of your former life of self-righteous pride and indifference to the insurmountable, perfect righteousness and holiness of God.


Have I become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Gal. 4:16)

“This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13).

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Jesus did not come to judge the world during His incarnation, but He DID come to proclaim that there would come a time when He will judge the world (2 Tim. 4:1).  

This is why it is every Christian’s binding duty to love God and others enough to let them know that His judgment has already been determined, and that during this dispensation of grace He still offers escape from the penalty and judgment that sin is due (Jn. 3:18). 

Scripture is clear, that to truly love God and our own soul we must hate sin.  Those who love sin are actually hating God and their own souls (Prov. 15:32, 19:8).  So, to truly love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to truly “love others as ourselves,” we MUST warn them about sin. 

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Prov. 27:5-6).


The “Church” of Christ: A Prison of Performance

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Like most Arminian sects, the CoC put human logic on par with God’s divine decrees, which created a prison of performance, where our religious identity became heavily shackled to a man-made system. As a deadly consequence, disobeying the CoC system became equal to disobeying God; the same pit Romanism leads to, and what Paul warned about (Col. 2:22).

      No wonder Jesus described this kind of nonsense as “straining at a nat and swallowing a camel” (Mt. 23:24), for it leads to eating and drinking damnation to one’s own soul (1 Cor. 11:29-30).  One can only imagine just how guilty the CoC may be of the body and blood of Christ, by implementing a system that displaces and distorts the truth concerning Jesus’ body and blood, insults the Spirit of grace, and replaces His gospel with non-essential assumptions and commandments of men that are hostile to the gospel.

     The irony was that the most crucial aspect of salvation, which is saving faith (in the true Christ of Scripture) being a gift from God apart from any human effort, was replaced with disputable things, which dishonored the name of Christ, and eclipsed the biblical view of the gospel. No wonder Romans 14 strongly warns against making disputable things essential to salvation!  In Jesus Christ there are no “doubtful disputations.”

Copyright ©2019 by Lee Anne Ferguson.


More Historical Proof of the Malicious Arminian Spirit of Persecution

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    Thanks to a very godly Christian friend of mine, I am once again able to share some of the research they have done concerning the malicious spirit behind Armnianism. Here goes–

“The saintly Samuel Rutherford who occupied a professor‘s chair at St. Andrew‘s University, made use of his scholarship to defend the faith by publishing a notable book against Arminianism. ―It was this malicious spirit of Arminianism, writes the editor of The Contender (Nova Scotia), that drove the Episcopal leaders (in conjunction with the civil power of the king) to persecute the Covenanters to prison and to death. As a direct result of his book against Arminianism, Rutherford was put through the form of a trial by a group of Arminian bishops who were led by Sydserff of Galloway, deprived of his pastoral charge at Anwoth and banished to the town of Aberdeen. In a letter Rutherford wrote to a minister in Ireland, Robert Cunningham, he says: The cause that ripened their hatred was my book against the Arminians, whereof they accused me, on those three days I  appeared before them. And in a letter from Aberdeen in 1637, to Mr. John Ferguson of Ochiltree, Rutherford refers to his trial, saying, I was judicially accused for my book against the Arminians, and commanded by the Chancellor to acknowledge I had done a fault in writing against Dr. Jackson, a wicked Arminian.

“In a footnote to this letter, the editor Dr. Bonar, says: Dr. Thomas Jackson, Dean of Peterborough, first held Calvinistic sentiments but afterwards became an Arminian, a change which recommended him to the favour and patronage of Archbishop Laud. The character of Laud may be seen in relation to his part in the trial, sentencing, imprisonment, and torturing of Dr. Alexander Leighton at London. A sketch of Leighton‘s history is given in the preface to a letter which Rutherford wrote him while in prison. The sketch says that Leighton, because of his zeal for Presbyterian principles and against the innovations of Laud, was arrested in 1629 and kept in an abominable cell sixteen weeks before his trial by the Star Chamber. Because of this ―severe distress that had brought skin and hair almost wholly off his body, he could not attend his trial. The Star Chamber condemned the afflicted and aged divine to be degraded as a minister, to have one of his ears cut off, and one side of his nose slit, to be branded on the face with a red-hot iron, to stand in the pillory, to be whipped at a post, to pay a fine of £1,000 and to suffer imprisonment until the fine was paid. When this inhuman sentence was pronounced, Laud took off his hat, and holding up his hands, gave thanks to God who had given the Church victory over her enemies! The sentence was executed without mercy, and Leighton lay in prison till upwards of ten years. When liberated he could hardly walk, see, or hear. He died in 1649” (The Contender—Nova Scotia, April, 1955).

“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” (Jn 16: 1-2).

     “In 1631, five years before he was condemned and banished to Aberdeen, Rutherford wrote to Marion McNaught from his parish at Anwoth concerning Dr. Henry Burton, whose footsteps he was later to follow. Says Rutherford in this letter, Know that I am in great heaviness for the pitiful case of our Lord‘s Kirk. I hear the cause why Dr. Burton is committed to prison is his writing and preaching against Arminians. I therefore entreat the aid of your prayers for myself, and the Lord‘s captives of hope, and for Zion. The Lord hath let and daily lets me see how deep furrows Arminianism and the followers of it draw upon the back of God‘s Israel—but our Lord cut the cords of the wicked! Arminianism was not more rampant than it is now in England, Scotland, and our own North American continent.

Let us not think that the malignant spirit of persecution that moved the Arminians—led by Bishop Sydserff, Archbishop Laud and others—died at the end of the covenanting struggles of long ago.  The Arminians of today hold precisely the same false doctrines, and are just as relentlessly opposed to the absolute sovereignty of God and unconditional election as were the Arminians of old” (The Contender—Nova Scotia, April, 1955).

William MacLean, Arminianism – Another Gospel, Arminianism (Introduction), A Westminster Standard Publication, Gisborne, New Zealand, No. 29, 1965, pg. 6-8, available from Sermon Audio.